Home away from home

A pumpkin patch in Germany is definitely nothing native. Sure, we grow pumpkins, we eat pumpkins, but buying pumpkins is something we typically do in a grocery store. Not so in a village south east of Nuremberg. Jerry is a farmer from the US who moved to Germany a few years ago. Unable to find the familiar huge pumpkins, he started to grow them himself on his farm. Then he turned it into a business. “Best Darn Pumpkins on this side of the Ozarks!” is his claim. His clients are mostly US citizens living in Frankonia and Upper Palatine, English was the most spoken language of the families collecting the pumpkins. And they sure have fun roaming the patch and taking home one (or two of three or four) giant pumpkins. For those families something ordinary like a pumpkin patch is special, it’s a piece of home away from home.

Oh, and we didn’t buy one of the orange giants 😉

Images taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the mZuiko 12-100mm. Postprocessing in Lightroom Classic.

Have a great Friday

Marcus

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  1. I sure do miss those big old pumpkins. They are pretty small here in Norway. In the last 10 years or so they’ve popped up for sale in the grocery stores in Oslo due to ever more kids celebrating Halloween (which they didn’t do when I first moved here). I think I need to check if there is a farm around here with a pumpkin patch. 🤔 Thanks for sharing your fall adventure!

  2. I remember feeling so touched when i got to see fireworks on the 4th of July at the US base during my year in Germany. It can be such a comfort for people away from home to see familiar bits of their own traditions.

  3. I have a very small pumpkin patch in my garden this year. It only produced four pumpkins, enough for the grandchildren and one neighbor’s boy.

  4. In my part of Florida, the local farms cannot wait to have ‘open house’ weekends in October. People pay admission to come to the farm to pick pumpkins, go on hayrides, walk through the corn maze, let the kids enjoy the corn ‘sandbox…it is quite the affair here. I love it–almost got lost in the corn maze! 🎃

  5. Pumpkins are everywhere here right now, even in my local grocer. They had a couple the other day that must have been 100+ pounds!

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